In a previous post, we talked about the most harmful ingredients in your beauty/hygiene products, and how to check them against the EWG’s Skin Deep Database for safety.   Today, we are going to talk about two important beauty ingredients that play a part in every product we use in our house today. Oil and Dirt (or clay for this discussion).

Oil?  Gasp!

Haven’t we always been told that oil on our skin is bad?  Everything from the 90’s on was labelled “oil free” so we could easily discern the “good for us” products from the “bad for us” products.  They couldn’t have been more wrong both then and today.  We’ve been marketed a lie and trained to use products that contain alcohol, emulsifiers, and other drying ingredients that disrupt our body’s natural oil production. 

We’ve been conned to create a viscous cycle:

  1. Strip oils from our skin with drying and oftentimes harmful/unnatural products.
  2. Add moisturizers to cure the dryness
  3. Buy more oil stripping/acne products because your body creates more natural oils to combat the attack on your skin through stripping and chemical products.
  4. Repeat.

So, why oils and clays?  Not only are the right oils perfect for cleaning your face; removing makeup, environmental dirt, and clogged pores, but they can also be healing; curing acne, treating rosacia, eczema, and damage from toxins and sun.  Clay naturally detoxifies, gently exfoliates, and is full of minerals healthy for the body. 

Below is a list of the most popular types of oils and clays that can be used for hygiene and beauty benefits.  The Internet has hundreds of recipes and uses for these common ingredients, and I urge you to play with the different types to see what works best for you and your family.  If you want to start using natural products that have been tested and proven, check out our shop at www.phbotanicals.com.  As of this date, our family uses oil and clays for the majority of our products, including toothpaste, first aid care and face washing. 

Light-weight/Dryer Oils

Almond Oil (Sweet Almond)
Apricot Kernel Oil
Avocado Oil
Beeswax
Candelilla Wax
Castor Oil
Chamomile Extract
Evening Primrose Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)
Grapeseed
Jojoba
Linseed Oil
Olive Oil
Peanut Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Stearic Acid
Sunflower Oil
Tocopherol (various Vitamin E’s dependent on blend)
Aloe Vera (cold pressed)

Medium Weight Oils

Corn Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Crisco Sodium
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Soybean Oil
Sulfonated Castor Oil

Heavy Weight Oils

Cocoa Butter
Coconut Oil
Wheat Germ Oil

Common Clays and Uses

Bentonite Clay

One of the most popular and affordable clays.  It originates from naturally occurring volcanic ash and has a grey color which clumps easily with water.  Traditionally used for mineral deficiencies, in natural toothpaste recipes, and for it’s great drawing properties on boils, bug bites, and acne.

Fullers Earth Clay

Fuller’s Earth, also known as Sea Clay, has major drawing capabilities and brightens skin.  Great for use on oily and combination skins.

Rhoussal Clay Blend

This clay is a blend of Moroccan Red Clay mixed with Kaolin Clay to form a pink color and soften the effects of the stronger red clay.  It tones and draws toxins from the skin,  high in Silica, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium content, this clay remineralizes skin as it detoxifies. 

Kaolin Clay

A very fine, lightly absorbent clay used in powders, skin care products, and deodorants. 

It is easy to get caught up in the hundreds of recipes online and invest large sums of money (and space) on different oils and clays.  I suggest you start with the more affordable oils and clays that are easy to buy at your local supermarket and local health food stores.  Allow for a two week adjustment period when switching from store-bought products to natural alternatives.  Your skin will need to adjust as it previously adjusted to the alcohol-laden products we are used to. 

Please share your success and experiments below in the comments section, and check out our newest line of all-natural, no-preservative beauty products at www.phbotanicals.com.  Also, read more about natural health alternatives in our Mind and Body section of the site. Thank you for sharing this space.